Avalanche score seven, top Coyotes in Game 4, extend lead in First Round


Nazem Kadri had two goals and an assist for the Colorado Avalanche in a 7-1 win against the Arizona Coyotes in Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Monday.

The Avalanche, the No. 2 seed, took a 3-1 lead and can win the best-of-7 series in Game 5 in Edmonton, the Western hub city, on Wednesday (5:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHLN, ALT, FS-A, FS-A PLUS).

Cale Makar, Matt Calvert and Mikko Rantanen each had a goal and an assist, and Philipp Grubauer made 14 saves for the Avalanche.

Jakob Chychrun scored, and Darcy Kuemper saved 18 of 22 shots before Antti Raanta (five saves) relieved in the third period for the Coyotes, the No. 7 seed. Arizona was held to 15 shots.

The Avalanche took a 1-0 lead at 14:07 of the first period on a goal by Matt Nieto. Calvert passed across on a 2-on-1 and the puck went in off Nieto’s skate.

Kadri made it 2-0 at 16:07 on a power play when he put in a loose puck after Rantanen’s point shot went off Gabriel Landeskog‘s stick.

Kadri increased the lead to 3-0 at 19:39 on a power play when he converted the rebound of Nathan MacKinnon‘s shot.

The Avalanche made it 4-0 at 11:37 of the second period. Joonas Donskoi scored on a 2-on-1 rush with Andre Burakovsky.

The Coyotes pulled to 4-1 at 13:31 on Chychrun’s point shot on a power play.

Makar made it 5-1 at 0:19 of the third period, skating by Arizona’s Alex Goligoski in the slot. Calvert converted MacKinnon’s pass at 2:57 for a 6-1 lead and Rantanen tipped Erik Johnson‘s shot at 16:24 to make it 7-1.

Arizona’s Conor Garland left in the second period with an undisclosed injury and Burakovsky left in the third after blocking a shot. Colorado forward Vladislav Namestnikov and Arizona forward Nick Schmaltz were ruled unfit to play before the game.

As part of the NHL Return to Play Plan, a team is not permitted to disclose player injury or illness information.

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